Oakland woman dies of apparent overdose
A 24-year-old woman who attended the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival last weekend has died after an apparent drug or alcohol overdose, the Riverside County sheriff-coroner said Friday.
The woman, identified as Kimchi Truong, of Oakland, collapsed in the taxi area of the festival around 2 a.m. Saturday and was taken to JFK Memorial Hospital in Indio, said Sgt. Curt James of the sheriff-coroner's office.
Truong was later transported to the Desert Regional Medical Center, where she remained until she died about 2:30 p.m. Thursday.
James said he believes this was the first death at the annual desert festival this year. The office is still investigating, he said, and will run toxicology tests to determine what caused the woman's death. Test results will take about four weeks, he said.
-- Los Angeles Times
June 30 is deadline for parcel tax exemption
The deadline to file for an exemption from the Alameda Unified School District's Measure A parcel tax is June 30.
Under the senior citizen exemption, an applicant must be 65 on or before June 30, 2015, and must own and occupy his or her property as a primary residence. For the Supplemental Security Income exemption, the applicant must receive SSI and own and occupy the property as a primary residence.
Exemptions are automatically renewed for anyone who received an exemption in 2013-2014, remains a home's owner and is still at the same address. But anyone who has sold his or her home and bought a new one, must refile for an exemption.
Revenues raised from the parcel tax help fund art, drama and music classes, as well as high school athletics and other school programs. Exemption forms are available 8 a.m. to 5 p. m. weekdays at the school district offices 2060 Challenger Drive. Information available from SCI Consulting Group at 800-273-5167. Forms are also available at the office.
Rosenblum Cellars to move to Jack London
Rosenblum Cellars winery announced it will move its East Bay Visitors Center from Alameda to Oakland's Jack London Square in June.
"Rosenblum is proud of and committed to its roots in the urban East Bay, Alameda and Oakland area," the company's Brigid Harris said. "More than half of Rosenblum's loyal wine club members live locally and visit regularly to sample and buy wines, so finding a new location in the East Bay was a top priority."
Rosenblum Cellars will open in Oakland as soon as its lease expires in Alameda. Grand Opening events are planned for July. Last October, Rosenblum opened a wine tasting lounge on the square in Healdsburg.
Rosenblum Cellars was founded in 1978, with a focus on the Zinfandel varietal and a smaller production of Rhone style wines. It is produced by Diageo Chateau & Estate Wines, which is part of Diageo, a British multinational alcoholic beverages company.
No charges in job applicant rape case
A Sausalito restaurant manager arrested on allegations of raping a job seeker will not be charged in the case, the district attorney's office said Thursday.
Diego Chan Rodriguez, 51, was arrested by Sausalito police early Saturday morning. The accuser told police she met him Friday night to discuss a possible job opportunity, he bought her several drinks, and then he asked her to go on a walk in nearby Gabrielson Park.
The woman told police the sexual assault happened in the park. Afterward, they walked to Poggio Trattoria, where Rodriguez was a manager, and she fled into a bathroom to call police.
Police booked Rodriguez on suspicion of rape and other sex crimes, and his bail was set at $100,000. The case was sent to the district attorney's office for review.
Prosecutors declined to file charges because there was insufficient evidence to prove a case beyond a reasonable doubt, chief deputy district attorney Barry Borden said.
It was unclear whether Rodriguez is still working at the restaurant. Amy Svendberg, Poggio's managing partner, declined to comment Thursday.
Rodriguez, an Oakland resident, could not be reached for comment.
-- Gary Klien, Marin Independent Journal
Men sentenced for bank robbery
Two East Bay men were sentenced to prison for robbing an Alameda bank in August, the U.S. Attorney's Office announced Thursday.
Oakland resident Craig Goatley, 28, was sentenced to more than 6 years in prison and Berkeley resident Calvin Earl Odom Jr., 25, was sentenced to more than 7 years in prison, according to U.S. Attorney Melinda Haag.
Both men admitted that on Aug. 3, 2013, they robbed a Citibank located at 1526 Webster St. in Alameda. According to court documents, Odom walked into the bank first and sat down at a desk in the lobby area, pretending to be a customer. Goatley then walked into the bank and to the customer line, where he waited for the next available teller.
When he got to the counter, Goatley brandished what appeared to be a black handgun, pointed it at the teller and demanded money. The teller grabbed money and tossed it to Goatley, who then robbed a second teller. He and Odom, who was holding another employee at gunpoint, fled the bank with about $8,900.
Investigators later determined that the guns used in the robbery were pellet guns.
The men will each have a 5-year period of supervised release once they are released from prison.
-- Katie Nelson, Staff
Group seeks repair project volunteers
The organization Rebuilding Together East Bay-North is issuing a plea for volunteers to help with a project in Albany on National Rebuilding Day on April 26.
The organization, which provides free critical home repairs to low-income seniors and people with disabilities in Berkeley, Albany, Emeryville and Richmond, will be working on 12 homes in Berkeley and one in Albany that day.
"We are looking for volunteers, both in a group or individually, to come help out at the Albany project," said volunteer and outreach coordinator Marie Hubbard. "Tasks for volunteers will include interior painting, yard work, general hammer tasks, and general cleaning."
Anyone interested in helping is asked to contact Marie Hubbard at 510-644-8979 ext. 103 or email@example.com as soon as possible.
-- Chris Treadway, Staff